Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in New York City

New York may be full of parks, ice cream, and toy stores, but rooms are often tiny, pools are scarce, and finding a great hotel for the family can be tricky. After months of sleeping at, photographing, and carefully comparing about 200 of the top hotels throughout New York City, we’ve awarded the following hotels for being the best for families.

Hotel Beacon

1.

Hotel Beacon Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Categories: Kid-Friendly, Value

Located in the quiet and safe Upper West Side, a short walk from the Natural History Museum and Central Park, the Hotel Beacon is very popular among families. About half of the hotel's rooms are dedicated to one- and two-bedroom suites that can comfortably sleep a family of six. Even the standard rooms at the Beacon can easily accommodate cribs and rollaway beds (for an extra $20 a night). All rooms have well-equipped kitchenettes, and the hotel's 24-hour coin-operated laundry room is especially handy for those traveling with spill-prone toddlers.

Affinia Fifty

2.

Affinia Fifty Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Business, Kid-Friendly

Families love the Affinia Fifty, given its safe, convenient location in Midtown East, its large rooms (most of which sleep at least four people with sofa beds and can attach to other rooms), and its laid-back lounge with plenty of board games. Affinia also runs a popular "Jet-Set Kids" promotion, where young guests receive a New York City guidebook for kids, plus NYC stickers, a scrapbook, and even a digital camera.

Hilton Times Square

3.

Hilton Times Square Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Business, Kid-Friendly

Large rooms, special kids' menus, an on-site movie theater, and plenty of nearby attractions in Times Square make the Hilton a great choice for families. Kids stay free in rooms with their parents, and standard and deluxe rooms with two double beds range from 330 to a palatial 360 square feet -- far bigger than the standard rooms in most New York hotels. The kids' breakfast buffet at Restaurant Above costs $10 and includes toast, eggs, pancakes, bacon, and juice.

Affinia Gardens

4.

Affinia Gardens Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Business, Kid-Friendly

Huge suites with kitchens, kid-oriented amenities, and a location in a safe, quiet neighborhood (the Upper East Side) make the Affinia an excellent luxury option for families. For longer stays, families often opt for deluxe suites that also include patios and dining room tables -- especially rare treats in New York City. Kid-friendly attractions like the Central Park Zoo, Dylan's Candy Bar, and the famous dessert restaurant Serendipity 3 are all within walking distance.

Loews Regency

5.

Loews Regency Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Loews will make your kids feel like VIPs. The hotel offers age-appropriate welcome gifts -- from Etch-a-Sketches to iTunes gift cards -- and, in the spring, kids get special backpacks filled with toys to use at nearby Central Park. In addition, families can expect free milk and cookies awaiting them in thir guest rooms. The Library restaurant in the lounge has a kids' menu, and every other Sunday the on-site supper club, Feinstein's, puts on a sophisticated magic show.

Omni Berkshire Place

6.

Omni Berkshire Place Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Business, Kid-Friendly

Though most guests are business travelers, children are definitely welcome at the Omni Berkshire. At check-in, all kids under age 12 get a suitcase filled with games, puzzles, and coloring books, plus a kids cup with unlimited refills anywhere in the hotel. Housekeeping's standard turndown service includes milk and cookies. There's a kids' room service menu for the Fireside restaurant that includes, among other items, ants on a log, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and grilled cheese (no crust!).

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

7.

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Rating: 4.0 Pearls

Though it has a reputation for being a party hotel, the Gansevoort is actually an excellent place for style-minded families. In addition to its sizable rooms and rooftop pool with a lifeguard on duty, perks include free baby amenities (from wipes to diapers to baby baths to strollers), free Nintendo Wii video game systems, and a room-service kids' menu with standards like chicken fingers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese, and cookies and milk (prices range from $9 to $13).

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square

8.

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Categories: Business, Kid-Friendly

Big rooms with two queen beds, Nintendo Game Cube video games (available at $6.95 per hour), and microwaves make the Hilton Garden Inn a solid family pick. It's conveniently located in Times Square, near some of New York's best family attractions like Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, M&M World, and the world's largest Toys "R" Us.

The Kimberly Hotel

9.

The Kimberly Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

At the Kimberly, all guest rooms are large, multibedroom suites. The one- and two-bedroom suites are a good choice, as they come with kitchenettes and an additional queen sleeper sofa in the living room. Cribs are free and rollaway beds are $30 per night. The Midtown East location is near the American Girl Store and FAO Schwarz.

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